Today we also say goodbye to our Executive Director, Donna Keeler, who has served as the agency lead for 18 years. During her tenure the program expanded in services and built two new clinic facilities that better serve our patients. She also received 3 National Indian Health Service Director’s Awards during her work at SDUIH. We wish her well in her retirement and thank her for all of her hard work at dedication to SDUIH and to providing quality medical care to our Urban population.
October 6, SD Urban Indian Health is celebrating our 40th year in business! During this time we have accomplished full national AAAHC Accreditation and operate two Integrated Primary Care/Behavioral Health clinics, one located in Pierre and the other in Sioux Falls. This is a great day for the program and honors it staff and the patients that support us.
SDUIH is one of 14 Health Facilities in the Nation selected to participate in PICC (Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative) with Johns Hopkins. Four staff members (Donna, Ellen, Barb and Stacia) are in Baltimore, MD for the first of three collaborative learning sessions. Our first project was creating a team storyboard.
The hard road to health care for American Indians
South Dakota Urban Indian Health (SDUIH) has become an official White Bison Training site. First training will take place on August 22-24, 2016. SDUIH will train facilitators to implement this video-based curriculum in their communities. The Medicine Wheel and 12 Step program was developed to provide a culturally appropriate 12 Step program for Native American people. This program was developed by White Bison, Inc. based on the Teachings of the Medicine Wheel, Cycle of Life and the Four Laws of Change.